Our Veterinarians

Dr. Mike Bunnell
Owner, Veterinarian
As a pet owner himself, Dr. Mike Bunnell recognized that one of the best feelings in the world was watching your own sick or injured pet become well again. He wanted to be the one who could make that happen. That’s why he decided to become a veterinarian! Now, Dr. Bunnell has enjoyed more than 10 wonderful years as a licensed veterinarian helping pets and their owners to live happier, healthier lives. He’s the proud owner and chief veterinarian here at Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Bunnell started working as a Veterinary Assistant in the animal clinic that he took his own pets to while growing up in his hometown of Auburn, New York. He attended Cornell University to earn his Bachelor’s degree in animal science, and then continued on to Michigan State University to earn his Doctorate. Dr. Bunnell graduated vet school in 2008, then moved back to the Syracuse area and has been practicing here ever since.

In May of 2016, Dr. Bunnell purchased Fayetteville Animal Hospital and strives to provide uncompromising top-notch service to the pets and animal parents of the area, day in and day out. He has particular passions for surgical work and dentistry because of the way they can immediately alleviate a pet’s pain, but his favorite part of the job is knowing that he’s able to make a lasting difference in the community.

In his time away from the office, Dr. Bunnell likes gardening and landscaping, completing home-improvement projects, working on cars, and enjoying the company of his own pets. He has two cats, Nero and Charles, as well as a stubborn Doberman puppy named Ember. When Ember doesn’t like what she’s being asked to do, she’ll lay on her back with her feet in the air and refuse to move until she’s picked up and carried!
Dr. Melissa Marsak
Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Melissa Marsak has always been drawn to puzzles. For her, using her skillset to observe, test, and come to a conclusion is extremely rewarding. Combined with her lifelong love for animals, being a veterinarian simply seemed like the perfect fit! Dr. Marsak proudly serves the area’s pets as an Associate Veterinarian.

Dr. Marsak is originally from Liverpool, New York and gained her first exposure to veterinary care while volunteering at an animal rescue in south Boston during college. After completing her pre-veterinary studies, she continued on to Cornell University to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Next, she spent three years working in general practice in the Buffalo, New York area before moving to Syracuse. Dr. Marsak joined the Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital team in August of 2016 and has been helping the area’s pets and animal parents here ever since.

Medically, Dr. Marsak is fond of dermatology work—her dog in veterinary school, Maisy, was chock-full of skin problems and taught Dr. Marsak quite a lot!—and she also enjoys pharmacology and anesthesia. Above all, she likes spending one-on-one time with the area’s pet owners and their adorable companions.

Aside from her interests in animal care, Dr. Marsak is fond of cooking and traveling. Studying abroad in Madrid, Spain was a dream come true for her! At home, she has one loveable dog: Zuri, who refuses to get out of bed until she hears her breakfast clinking into the bowl every morning.
    • Barb D.Barb D.

      The best practice I have ever been to , I wouldn't trust our pets with anyone else. Our 4 year old cat had to have a bladder stone removed last week and... Read More

    • Missy E.Missy E.

      I have had nothing but great experiences with Dr. Chapman. There have been a couple of times I have brought my dog in and they haven't even charged me for... Read More

    • Kristen WordenKristen Worden

      I absolutely love the entire staff. They are so caring, thoughtful and kind. Dr Bunnell is the BEST vet-he has taken such excellent care of my high maintenance cat. He understands how much people love pets-and he will do everything he can to help your pet. The entire staff is just so wonderful. I’ll never go anywhere else. 😻

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    • Shannon CrossmanShannon Crossman

      Dr. B is great, dogs liked him! Recently had my English Bulldog neutered and it was ent very well. He’s healing great, staff was great dropping off, picking up and they even called the next day to see how he was. Made it a much less stressful experience.
      Thank you!!
      From Sanibel and Captiva’s family

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    • Sue LudwigSue Ludwig

      The Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital and staff are wonderful. Dr. Bunnell and staff are friendly, caring and understand that a pet is truly part of your family. The care and compassion that we received when we had to put our 15 year old cat down was more than we could have ever asked for. Dr. Bunnell and staff are accommodating and will work around your schedule to make sure your pets needs are met. They have been wonderful to our new kittens that had health problems when we adopted them from the shelter. With their help, our new cats will lead a happy and healthy full life. We are very thankful for everything that they have done for us and our cats over the years. We wouldn’t trust our cats at any other veterinary hospital.

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    • Carolyn Tomb WeberCarolyn Tomb Weber

      Love all the doctors at the Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital! Excellent care excellent animal and people skills… we’ve been taking our pets there for years and couldn’t be happier!

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    • Jenna Marko CompeauJenna Marko Compeau

      The first experience was not the best. I made Dr. Bunnell aware of the issue and he was extremely apologetic and made my second experience much better! I feel confident that he knows what he is talking about when it comes to the allergies my dog is experiencing. He isn't pressuring in making you buy all sorts of products that may not help the problem which I definitely appreciate.

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